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Grilling Vegetarian on the 4th of July…

4 Jul

I should have posted this a few days back… but now that we have a few extra days free on our weekend in when I am ready to share some grilling tips with you all.

Judging by the amount of grills and BBQs on the beach, you would believe July 4th is National Grill Day more so than Independence Day.  I am headed myself to a pool party/BBQ party hosted by my good friend Annie Mariel.  She mentioned she will have vegetarian treats for us all…  but particularly me.

This reminds me of a few years back when my good friends Ana and Rafa invited me to a backyard BBQ/pool party and they set up a separate grill just for the vegetarian fare – vegetable kebabs, corn on the cob and asparagus.

Ana y Rafa Pool Party



Ana's Grill

I am planning ahead this time just in case and I am bringing a few of my favorite grilling foods to make sure there’s plenty of veggie-full celebrations this year:

Portobello Burger

To me, the best veggie burger alternative there is.  Season heavily and no one will miss the meat.


Veggie Hot Dogs

I serve them open faced and split in half so they get a blistered and charred exterior.


Albóndiga Sandwich

These are more fried than grilled, but a soy-albóndiga sandwich will make a great addition to your vegeterian BBQ spread.

Meat Ball Sandwich 2

Veggie Party Dip

Never arrive empty-handed to any BBQ you’re invited to…  bring along this great dip with some crackers or totrilla chips and everyone will ask you for the recipe.



Incredible India… Kebabs

1 Dec

To my former knowledge, kebabs were some sort of brochette or food skewered by either a metal or wooden stick.  You see them in Middle Eastern restaurants… shish kebabs being the most popular.  I always order a kebab in my favorite Middle Eastern restaurant which is a brochette of vegetables. But in India… kebabs are something different.  Particularly vegetarian kebabs…

Kebabs are patties of mixed vegetables and grains served with a variety of sauces or chutneys.  You could see our first kebab experience in ZEST, a fine dining restaurant at the DLF Emporio Mall in Delhi.

We celebrated Annie Mariel’s birthday in the nicest restaurant we could find in Varanasi, The Great Kebab Factory.  They offered us a vegetarian prix fixe dinner that included a series of kebabs for appetizer, main course and dessert accompanied by a selection of breads.

Here’s what we had for dinner…

The meal started with a salad… which was kind of nice, because we didn’t see a lot of salads in any of our menus… this one had, tomatoes, cucumbers and watermelon with a pineapple dressing.  The Latin in me did not taste the pineapple a lot… but it was somewhat there.

Subz Galouti Kebab – their signature kebab, made with yam and green vegetables

Paneer Tikka – a piece of the traditional paneer cheese seasoned with Indian spices…

Makai Matar ki Seehk – A mixture of corn, green peas, lentils and Indian spices… this was my favorite one by far.

Kale Chane ki Tikki – this was another kebab supposedly stuffed with cheese.  I never saw or tasted the cheese…

Subz ke Tinke – this was a skewer of fresh vegetables…  and we thought we would never see a skewer here.  How wrong we were.

The food was accompanied by various choices of naan, our favorite one the garlic one.  It tasted just like Italian garlic bread, which was a nice break from the Indian spices taste. 

Also, a selection of sauces and chutneys were provided for us to mix with our kebabs – tomato, cilantro, peanut and my favorite, tamarind.  The sweetness and tanginess of the tamarind helped me offset the spiciness of most of the kebabs. 

We did not get to choose our desserts; they just bring you a frozen dessert which tasted a lot like corn with cinnamon ice cream and 3 other choices of typical Indian desserts.  One was a sweetened rice dish with cinnamon, cardamom and raisins, which tasted very similar to an Arroz con Dulce.  The other two I was not able to decipher much… and the tastes were not that thrilling either.


Because we are so friendly, we received a cake from the hotel management and we decided to share it with our table neighbors…  

I hope Annie Mariel had a great time at her birthday dinner and I also hope you get to try out the wonderful kebabs so typical in Indian cuisine…

Vegetarian Support Group

2 Sep

Sorry guys… inadvertently I took some time off from writing you about my culinary adventures.  I just have been busy traveling and working while traveling.  Besides, the Summer here in Puerto Rico has been way too hot for me to cook a lot. 

Anyhow, as part of my summer adventures, I’ve been spending time with friends.  Particularly at my friends Ana Yolanda and Rafa’s pool side.  When we just want to chill and catch up on what has gone during the week, we just hang out there with other couple of friends.

Ana y Rafa Pool Party

The nice thing… that Ana is already well-versed in my vegetarian ways and has now two grills – one for veggie-only fare and one where they cook the rest of the “meaty” stuff they enjoy.  And this was done voluntarily… I have never asked her to do that for me.  But she understands how sensitive I am and how I will politely not accept to eat something that was cooked besides a piece of meat.

The menu a few weeks back was, as you can appreciate in the photo:

Ana's Grill

  • Corn on the Cob – seasoned with cilantro butter… Ana Yolanda loves her cilantro.
  • Veggie Kabobs – made with onions, tomatoes, mushrooms, red and yellow bell peppers and eggplant pieces
  • Grilled Asparagus

This goes to show you that even your meat-eating friends can become more sensitive and aware of the needs of us, their vegetarian friends.  Be an educational agent and the example for your friends… little by little they’ll understand where you’re coming from even better.  These people might not share our lifestyle, but we sure share our lives together.  Never give up on them…

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